In his paper Different Values of 1974, Chris Tame asks "Has number 6 succumbed to his own form of temptation, to the simple desire to escape and for the illusion of freedom evoked by speeding in his sports car?
Well the only sign of Number 6's freedom is demonstrated when he is sat behind the wheel of his Lotus 7. Happy to be behind the wheel of his kar in two episodes, Many Happy Returns, and yes even Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling. Because even though it is the figure of the Colonel we see behind the wheel of the Lotus 7, we must not forget it is the mind of No.6 who will actually be enjoying the driving experience, and not that of the Colonel!
A Matter of Opinion
It was one comment made in 1976; "That there is always the possibility that the entire series means nothing at all and that it caused a great stir and lots of explanations, while all along it was merely nonsense."
Well I certainly hope not, otherwise I've just been wasting my time, and possibly making it all up as I go along! And if that's been the case, well there's still the tremendous entertainment value of the Prisoner. What do YOU think?
If you take the Prisoner as a straight forward spy/espionage series, the Prisoner has been abducted to the village, by one side or the other, presumably by his own people. This because the Prisoner has resigned from his job as a secret agent, whose name is err unknown. Placed in the village, as recalcitrant agents were placed in Invelair Lodge in
during WWII, because of the knowledge inside his head, he could not be left around as a security risk. Scotland
Simple, and fool proof until McGoohan goes and complicates it all!
The Prisoner Has Been Likened To The Proverbial Onion!
This in respect that once you peel off one layer, there is another layer beneath, and another beneath that and so on and so forth. And to get to the core of the matter, layer after layer has to be peeled away to arrive at any kind of understanding.
A Clerical Error!
In the episode of Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, the Colonel goes to the Wold Camera shop in order to collect a box of transparencies, slides to be exact. However due to some clerical error the transparencies had previously collected by one Mr. Carmichael. Mr. Carmichael who upon discovering the mistake returned them, so no harm had been done.
Well just how was this Mr. Carmichael, possibly in the guise of Potter, although that is speculation on my part, but not unreasonable to assume, able to collect these transparencies without the receipt, the receipt which had been handed over by the Colonel!